Fashion and literature will come together on Saturday, April 6th at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.
The Bath and Bristol Jane Austen Society will be hosting an illustrated talkdiscussing dress and social life in Jane Austen’s Bath.
Illustrated by many period images of Bath and quotations from the diaries and letters of visitors to Bath in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century this talk will look at the diversions that made the city so delightful and popular as a spa resort, at the clothes that were worn for the social round – some of which were particular Bath fashions – and where these clothes were bought.
It will give a context to the Bath which Jane Austen herself experienced, as both a visitor and resident, and a picture of a unique city and way of life that is reflected in her own letters and inher two ‘Bath’ novels: Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
The talk will be presented by Penelope Byrde, the former curator of the Museum of Costume (now the Fashion Museum) for thirty years and associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. Penelope is also the author of many books on fashion – but mostrelevant in this case, ‘Jane Austen Fashion’. Penelope is a longstanding BRLSI member and afterthe talk she will happily take questions on this most fascinating of subjects.
For those who have wanted to attend BRLSI talks in the past but find the talks tend to be a bit late – fear not. This lecture will be hosted at 3pm and admission to the talk includes a sandwich tea for all attendees. What could be more Jane Austen than that?
Each BRLSI lecture takes approximately 45 minutes and allows 45 minutes for questions.
Tickets: £10.00 at the door, to book in advance email email@example.com or call 07929 143412 All Welcome. If you require disabled access please email roomhire@BRLSI.org in advance